Sheriff

The Sheriff's Department handles criminal investigations; runs the county jail; and handles civil processes such as property auctions and warrants.

Purpose Statement

As the only law enforcement office in the nation elected by the people and for the people to constitutionally serve as the supreme law enforcement authority of Winneshiek County, our purpose and mission is to ensure the safety of the public in a friendly, approachable and ethical manner, while always upholding and protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. 

Latest News

Case:  SO17000048
Date:  3/25/2017
Time:  4:33
Incident/Charge:   Felony Domestic Abuse Assault 
Location:  Calmar, Iowa

Person:  Terrence Gordon
Address:  Decorah, Iowa
Age:  27

Incident Details:   Terrence Gordon was arrested and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail for felony domestic abuse assault. This case still remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

Case: SO17000048
Date: 3/25/2017
Time: 4:33
Incident/Charge: Felony Domestic Abuse Assault
Location: Calmar, Iowa

Person: Terrence Gordon
Address: Decorah, Iowa
Age: 27

Incident Details: Terrence Gordon was arrested and booked into the Winneshiek County Jail for felony domestic abuse assault. This case still remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

The severe weather season is right around the corner and the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Office, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office and the Decorah Police Department would like to remind everyone of the upcoming National Severe Weather Week beginning March 27th and running through the 31st. 

Winneshiek County will be participating in the National Weather Service’s Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for March 29th between 10:00 and 11:00 AM. The schedule is below:

10:00 AM Test Tornado Watch issued from the National Weather Service

10:15 AM Test Tornado Warning from the National Weather Service – La Crosse, WI

10:30 AM End of test

During the WARNING the Decorah Police Department Communications Center will be activating and testing the Outdoor Warning Sirens countywide. All sirens will be sounded for 3-5 minutes to test their functionality. Subsequent shorter tests may occur depending on any maintenance needs.

The National Weather Service is encouraging every school, resident and business to take part in the drill by seeking safe and secure shelter, just as if this were a real event. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are one of Iowa’s most common known hazards. Please do not take this drill for granted.

The Decorah Police Department Communications Center would like to remind everyone to refrain from calling 911 to inquire about the sirens. The 911 call lines should only be used during a true emergency. If you have questions or comments please use the non-emergency lines by calling the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Office at 563-387-4095, the Decorah Police Department at 563-382-3667 or the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 563-382-4268.

The severe weather season is right around the corner and the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Office, the Winneshiek County Sheriff's Office and the Decorah Police Department would like to remind everyone of the upcoming National Severe Weather Week beginning March 27th and running through the 31st.

Winneshiek County will be participating in the National Weather Service’s Statewide Tornado Drill scheduled for March 29th between 10:00 and 11:00 AM. The schedule is below:

10:00 AM Test Tornado Watch issued from the National Weather Service

10:15 AM Test Tornado Warning from the National Weather Service – La Crosse, WI

10:30 AM End of test

During the WARNING the Decorah Police Department Communications Center will be activating and testing the Outdoor Warning Sirens countywide. All sirens will be sounded for 3-5 minutes to test their functionality. Subsequent shorter tests may occur depending on any maintenance needs.

The National Weather Service is encouraging every school, resident and business to take part in the drill by seeking safe and secure shelter, just as if this were a real event. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are one of Iowa’s most common known hazards. Please do not take this drill for granted.

The Decorah Police Department Communications Center would like to remind everyone to refrain from calling 911 to inquire about the sirens. The 911 call lines should only be used during a true emergency. If you have questions or comments please use the non-emergency lines by calling the Winneshiek County Emergency Management Office at 563-387-4095, the Decorah Police Department at 563-382-3667 or the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office at 563-382-4268.

A kayak was found in the Bluffton area. If you believe this is yours please contact the Sheriff’s Office with a detailed description of it.  Please be advised that false claims or reports may result in criminal charges.

A kayak was found in the Bluffton area. If you believe this is yours please contact the Sheriff’s Office with a detailed description of it. Please be advised that false claims or reports may result in criminal charges.

This cat was found near 143rd and Coon Creek Road in Glenwood Township. We are looking for the owners. Please share and hopefully we can get them reunited. Please call the Sheriff's Office or comment below if you know where the cat belongs.

This cat was found near 143rd and Coon Creek Road in Glenwood Township. We are looking for the owners. Please share and hopefully we can get them reunited. Please call the Sheriff's Office or comment below if you know where the cat belongs.